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Life Abroad After Graduation

Life after graduation… It can be a daunting thought. There’s a lot of planning that takes place throughout college, and it all leads up to the big question seniors hear day in and day out during their final semester:

“So, what’s next?”

For many ambitioucge-1-blog-8-18-16s and daring TU grads, it’s working abroad. Adjusting to post-graduate life is a transition that every TU student faces eventually, and some are taking it on by diving headfirst into another country, its culture, and the expectations of a foreign workplace.

Abbey Reynolds, Class of 2014, graduated and moved to London, England for an internship at a fashion public relations firm.

“Work was crazy, fast paced, and incredibly fun. I would gather clothing samples and send them to places like Vogue and beauty bloggers. I read magazines and newspapers on a daily basis looking for organic mentions and placements of our clients from editors in Elle, Vogue, and Marie Claire. I ran all over London picking up clothing samples and mailing products. I even made tea for the office! Which is actually totally different than the way Americans take it.”

Abbey embraced her London life, work load and all.

cge-2-blog-8-18-16“The fashion world is mesmerizing. You have to start from the bottom and work your way up. It was a lot of work, but so worth it. In my spare time on the weekends and weekdays, I was all over London. I wanted to see everything and eat everything.”

Abbey offers her advice to TU students about planning for life after graduation.

“I applied for this opportunity totally on a whim through The Intern Group. When I look back, I’m so glad I took a chance, seized the opportunity, and ran with it! Go abroad. Get uncomfortable. Thrive.”

Abbey has since returned to Tulsa and is working in Advertising Sales at KJRH-2 Works for You TV.